App Friday December 9th, 2016

Get At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa free this Friday from Fairlady Media, build a town and learn words with the delightful MiniMo Town, explore and create with Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade, and visit space with Gigi Space Adventure. Plus, an amazing update to the popular My PlayHome lets two kids on different devices play together!

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa
by Fairlady Media

Do you know what a Malayan tapir is? Let’s go to the zoo to find out! Fix the animal signs, color a zebra, add up the visitors, solve puzzles, feed the penguins, put on a seal show, dig for fossils, and more in this amazing 10th app in the popular Grandma and Grandpa collection! Designed for ages 6-8. Video iPhone and iPad: Free Friday (Regularly 2.99)

MiniMo Town
by MiniMo

MiniMo Town is a fun new casual learning builder game for children (5-9 years). In Minimo Town, you build your own city, and learn English letters, sounds and words in the process. But watch out for the four naughty monsters. Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99

Minimo Town
Developer: Minimo
Price: $0.99

My PlayHome
by PlayHome Software Ltd

Introducing PartnerPlay! Play together on two iPads/iPhones in the same room! With the latest release, just start a My PlayHome app on both devices and a new, blue start button will appear on the welcome screen when it detects another nearby device. Requires iOS8 or higher.

My PlayHome is the original and best dolls house app. Massively interactive, your kids can explore and use everything in the house. The characters eat, sleep, shower, brush their teeth and more. Want the room to be darker? Close the drapes! Fancy a change in music? Pop a different CD into the stereo! iPhone and iPad: 2.99

My PlayHome
Price: $3.99

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade
by StoryToys

Join the lovable Brown Bear as he explores his world and encounters new friends. Meet Red Bird, Yellow Duck, Green Frog and other characters. Color the animals and have fun creating your own unique sounds and music. Children will love recording their voices as they sing along and make their own animal noises. Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Gigi Space Adventure for Kids
by Appelsin Apps

This space game will help your child to understand more about the space, earth and how the sun goes up and down in an easy and educational way. Video iPhone and iPad: 1.99

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App Friday December 2nd, 2016

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It’s December (already!) and we’re also getting ready for Christmas with “Christmas Calendar” from MadeByEducators which teaches letters to the younger children, and the story/activity book “One Present, Please” from Rain Boot Media. Plus, we have some great deals. Hamaguchi Apps presents two speech therapy apps for half price this Friday that enable kids to practice following directions (or try the lite versions for free). Kids17Fun helps kids visualize math with fractions with “Fractions Using Visual Models” at 66% off this Friday.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Christmas Calendar Letters Dot-to-dot
by MadeByEducators

Count down the sleeps till Christmas with dot-to-dot favourite characters and ABC’s every day. You can also personalise your winter friends and play on an interactive winter playground.  iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99

One Present, Please
by Rain Boot Media

A festive holiday storybook (created by two Moms) is filled with fine art illustrations, coloring pages, hidden pictures, puzzles and mini games that encourage problem-solving skills.  Kids can read along, or read it themselves.  Just tap the candy cane to get started…Let us entertain your kids while you prepare for the holidays.  Video iPhone and iPad: 2.99

One Present, Please
Price: $2.99

Fractions Using Visual Models
by Kids17Fun

This app uses visual models to help children learn fractions. It covers adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Video iPad 0.99 (Regularly 2.99)

Fractions Using Visual Models
Developer: Red Hong
Price: $2.99

Fun with Directions HD
by Hamaguchi Apps

Fun with Directions is an educational yet FUN app for the iPAD, designed to provide an engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Touch the cat”) to the more complex (“With your orange crayon, color the large one that is a furry pet and likes to chase mice”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time.

Colorful, vivid art and animations against a white background combine to create a complete game experience without visual clutter. Sound effects and surprises keep the game engaging! This app is a great choice for a toddler/preschooler, or any young child who would like to practice listening to or reading directions! Video iPad: 7.99 (Regularly 15.99) Lite Version: Free (Regularly 0.99)

More Fun with Directions HD
by Hamaguchi Apps

Help the monkey go up the tree, but watch out! He likes to throw those coconuts! Pop the bubble that is above the bird. Put the elephant under the larger table. Help the squirrel go down the tree. Turn off the red radio.

More Fun with Directions is designed to provide a fun and engaging way to practice listening, following directions, colors, comparatives (larger/smaller) spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing. From the simplest of directions (“Turn on the lamp”) to the more complex (“Do you see a musical instrument with black and white keys? Put it behind the couch”) your child can grow and learn with this game over time. Video iPad: 7.99 (Regularly 15.99 Lite Version: Free (Regularly 0.99)

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App Friday November 25th, 2016

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iDevBooks is having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate 7 years on the App Store – all 32 of their excellent apps (31 math apps + 1 geography app) are free Friday and Saturday. The adventures continue in MadeByEducator’s great series of math apps, this week for grades 4 and 5. Plus, Highlights Monster Day goes free, and Night & Day Studios invites everyone to explore the ocean with Octonauts.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Math App Anniversary Celebration!

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iDevBooks is celebrating 7 years on the App Store by making all of their apps FREE for Black Friday (and Saturday). This includes 31 math apps, and 1 geography app. These are all solid, quality apps and well worth a download. Don’t miss out! Here are a few to get started:

Visual Multiplication Table
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $4.99
Fraction as Slope
Developer: Esa Helttula
Price: $4.99
World Factbook Visual Edition

Make sure to view ALL of the apps and download for FREE on Black Friday!

Highlights Monster Day: Play at Home Game for my Preschooler
by Highlights for Children, Inc.

Welcome to a day in the life of a lovable monster! Choose your favorite friend and care for him from morning till night: brush his big yellow teeth, feed him bagels, help with his science experiment and play basketball. Then, wash and feed your monster and gently put him to sleep. iPhone and iPad: Free Google Play: Free Amazon: Free

Crazy Math Adventure – Age 9 -10 Grade 4
by MadeByEducators

A REALLY BAD DUDE has been opening portals to other dimensions all over this once peaceful land. People are being turned into dogs, trains, coins and even hot air balloons. You need to gain control of these portals and climb the castle to defeat the VERY Bad Dude with your Grade 4 math skills! Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the new Common Core math curriculum for Grade 4. It starts with a quick recap of Grade 3 skills, continues onto Grade 4 skills. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 2.99

Crazy Math Adventure – Age 10 -11 Grade 5
by MadeByEducators

Math Land needs a maths hero, and that hero is you! Battle monsters, zap meteors, be transported to a LOT of crazy worlds. As educators we know that learning is best when it is fun, we want kids to develop their math skills in an engaging and supported way. Best practice teaching techniques are at the core of this fun adventure. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 2.99 Lite Version: Free

Octonauts
by Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Join the mission with the first-ever Octonauts app, in beautiful 3D straight out of the hit TV show. Get in your GUP with Captain Barnacles and the crew as they travel the depths to explore, rescue, and protect their underwater friends. Discover games, snap pictures, and find wildlife friends as you cruise through the ocean and learn about the fascinating animals who live there. Meet dolphins and whales, decorator crabs and sea stars, in reefs and underwater caves as you navigate their real-life habitats. The team needs you to grab the controls and become the newest member of the Octonauts! (VideoiPhone and iPad: 3.99

Octonauts
Price: $3.99

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App Friday November 18th, 2016

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Celebrate nature with Montessori Nature from Edoki Academy. Enjoy story time with Roxy and the Ballerina Robot, and Grandma’s Great Gourd (how’s that for a title?). Go on an adventure and practice math with Crazy Math Adventure from MadeByEducators. Plus, give your kids a curated YouTube experience with Huvi, and brighten up your iMessage chats with Little Sunshine stickers.

Garry Froehlich
Jellybean Tunes

Montessori Nature
by Edoki Academy

New! Just in time for Thanskgiving! 30% off until Saturday Nov. 26th. Nowadays, it is easy for children to become disconnected from nature in our bustling city landscapes. What if technology could help cultivate an engagement with nature that inspires curiosity, a love for its marvels, and in effect re-introduce our kids to the natural world? That is what Montessori Nature is all about! Includes cute Thanksgiving iMessage stickers. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 1.99

Montessori Nature
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Grandma’s Great Gourd
by Literary Safari

An adventurous storybook app—rich in gameplay—starring one spunky Grandma who hides herself in a giant gourd to trick a hungry bear, tiger, and fox in the forests of Bengal! Based on a South Asian trickster tale retold in a Kirkus Reviews award-winning children’s picture book and featuring a fun sound effects recording studio, a physics-inspired game created with input of STEM educators as well as an in-app video library that takes children on a virtual field trip to discover the culture, art, and wildlife of South Asia. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 0.99 Google Play: 0.99

Grandma's Great Gourd

Roxy and the Ballerina Robot
by Jackrabbit Publishing

Roxy and the Ballerina Robot is a family-focused story which emphasizes the importance of relationships and knowing one’s self. This book app follows Roxy on her quest to save up and buy her dream toy, a Ballerina Robot. Will Roxy finally be able to get her very own Ballerina Robot? Please read and find out. (VideoiPhone and iPad: 3.99 Google Play: 3.99 Amazon: 3.99

Crazy Maths Adventure – Grade 2
by MadeByEducators

Math Land needs a Grade 2 math hero, and that hero is you!
Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the Common Core Curriculum for Grade 2 math. Games include the option of visual supports, to gently support children through the curriculum.

As Educators we know that learning is best when it is fun, we want kids to develop their maths skills in an engaging and supported way. Best practice teaching techniques are at the core of this fun adventure. (Video)  iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Crazy Math Adventure – Grade 3
by MadeByEducators

Crazy Math Adventure is designed around the Common Core Curriculum for Grade 3 math. Games include the option of visual supports, to gently support children through the curriculum.

Battle monsters, jump across chasms, be turned into a LOT of crazy magical things. Help clear Math Land of some very crazy spells. (Video) iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Good Morning Sunshine Rise, Shine, Emoji Stickers
by Eggroll Games LLC

When our friend Little Sunshine isn’t making silly faces, mad faces, lol faces and glad faces, she’s dressing up as vikings, pumpkins, leprechauns and more! We’ve had a blast making this cute and colorful collection of emoji and stickers! Have fun! iPhone and iPad (for iMessage): 0.99

Huvi
by Totally Rad! Inc.

Huvi lets your kids watch the videos they want on YouTube, without exposing them to the rest of the site (which can quickly lead them to some sketchy content). It puts parents in control, and makes video watching simple for even the youngest kids. Parents make playlists tailored to their kids interests, and the kids can watch only those videos, accessed through the kid-friendly Huvi app. iPhone and iPad: Free

Huvi
Price: Free

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App Friday November 11th, 2016

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Measure, cut and paint in Fairlady Media’s newly updated and bestselling Grandpa’s Workshop (free!), learn about music with Music4Kids and Music4Babies (also free), or delve into Latin nouns with Lingua Latina: Nouns (yes, free this Friday). Plus, the engaging puzzles of Busy Water from Edoki Academy are now available on Android (and iPhone/iPad), and appp media’s Understanding Math – Telling Time teaches not just telling time, but calculating periods of time as well.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Grandpa’s Workshop
by Fairlady Media

This dancing Grandpa and his wacky tools are ready for fun and projects in the workshop! Grandpa needs help identifying tools, measuring, cutting wood, spotting differences, painting furniture, repairing broken items, and even building an awesome kids’ clubhouse! The game includes seven action-packed mini-games loaded with educational content (number groups, measuring, fractions, colors, observation, spatial relationships) and videos of real tools in action! Ages 3-7. (VideoiPhone, iPad, Apple TV: Free

Grandpa's Workshop
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Music4Babies – Learn to read and write music with the animals
by Olivier Romanetti

Have you ever seen an elephant sing? A cow? A cat or a duck? Have you ever heard the tiny voice of a ladybird or a bee? Well now you can, with Music4Babies! Choose an animal, and compose your own little tunes for these colorful scenes. Off you go, little composer! (Video) iPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 and 12 (Regularly 1.99)

Music4Kids – Learn, create and compose music through play
by Olivier Romanetti

With Music4Kids (ages 4 and up), write and play music at the same time! Just touch the screen to create and play notes, then move them around to make up your own tunes… it’s intuitive! Play our musical recognition games, with 140 challenges created by a composer. As you play, learn the basics of music, develop your creativity and improve your ear for music. (VideoiPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 and 12 (Regularly 2.99)

Lingua Latina: Nouns
by @Reks

Lingua Latina Nouns App helps students learn Latin nouns (Learn Mode), practice them through 5 different games (Practice Mode), and finally to take the test and see how much they acquired (Quiz Mode). Student chooses whether he wishes to learn/practice the meaning of nouns (Vocabulary) or grammar (Gender or Declension). You can customize the content to meet your students’ needs. The app offers you a chance to track individual student’s progress. (VideoiPhone and iPad: Free Nov 11 (Regularly 2.99)

Lingua Latina: Nouns
Developer: @Reks
Price: $2.99

Busy Water
by Edoki Academy

The fun aquatic puzzle is now available on Google Play! Busy Water is a fun puzzle-game starring a fish that needs to travel back to his tank with the help of the user.  Busy Water offers over 100 levels & a dozen of “accessories” to modify water: tilt the iPad to change the flow,  insert air conditioning to freeze, put a heater to liquify, and add valves. Kids will enjoy progressing in the game and will learn about the different states of water at the same time. iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch: 3.99 Google Play: 2.99

Busy Water
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $3.99

Understanding Math – Telling Time
by appp media UG

“Understanding Maths – Telling Time” is perfect for kids just learning to mark time, and also sophisticated enough for older students. The features include being able to record a child’s voice in telling the time, and the gentle scaffolding of the needed skills to help a child learn how to set the hands of the clock and how to do math when calculating periods of time. Play is intuitive and the reinforcers keep kids engaged as it allows them to advance at their own pace. Teachers and parents will appreciate the ability to collect data, check progress, and adjust difficulty as a child gains mastery. iPhone and iPad: 3.99

Understanding Math - Telling Time

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App Friday November 4th, 2016

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We have an outstanding set of apps to share this week. Play and discover with The Little Village Farm. Feed the animals in Fiete KinderZoo. Learn to estimate time with Outland Timer. Practice counting and sorting in Safari School. Then, hone your math skills and get Flying Superstars FREE this weekend, or read up on the latest screen time guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Finally, get together with your kids to play the puzzler Sembl from Artgig Studio (we had a lot of fun with it).

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Alma & Anker explore The Little Village Farm
by Tukan & Friends

Alma & Anker explore The Little Village Farm is a free-play discovery app for the youngest children. Shear sheep, feed the animals, assemble a tractor, and much more. First app in the series iPhone and iPad: 2.99 Google Play: 2.99 Amazon: 2.99 (Video)

Fiete KinderZoo – Kids feed animals in the zoo
by Ahoiii Entertainment

Another gorgeous app with sailor Fiete is out now: Fiete KinderZoo is a very special one as the app was made by kids. True story! We invited kids aged between 3 and 10 years to help us build an app. With lots of creativity every child crafted it’s own zoo animal, named it and made a sound that fits the best to the creature.

In the completed app kids can stroll with Fiete through the zoo, tap the animals to hear their sound and feed them with food the children also made by their own.

We’re so proud of presenting this app as it shows that kids have the power to create things on their own. Children don’t need to be only consumers of media, they can also be producers – the only thing they need is: creativity. That’s a gift that we hope every child can preserve for themselves while growing up. iPhone and iPad: Free Google Play: Free

Flying Superstars : Fun Visual Math Game for Kids
by Skidos Learning

Flying Superstars presents you just an ordinary guy named Jim… OK, actually he’s a superstar who can fly. Jim flies through this insanely difficult lava filled adventure with his crazy superstar friends. Now it’s your time to join in and help them beat all the wacky levels full of challenge! Use your Math Skills to unlock new characters and power-ups.

From the award winning creators of Milk Hunt & Hop Star comes Flying Superstars: a game which tests kids’ tapping and flying skills to their limit while flexing their mental muscle on a mathematical adventure. iPhone and iPad: Free Nov 4-6 (Regularly 5.99)

Outland Timer 2
by Outland

Tired of endless “But it hasn’t been 10 minutes yet, just one more cartoon” with your kid? Outloud Apps developed a solution — teach a kid to estimate time spent on an activity or a task with Outloud Timer game! iPhone and iPad: 1.99 Google Play: 199

Outloud Timer 2
Developer: Outloud
Price: $0.99

Sembl
by Artgig Studio

Every design is a puzzle and every game is unique. Paint, cut, punch, stencil and spin your way to the perfect design. Master 32 levels and over 190 puzzles at your own pace in the Journey, or race the clock in Challenge mode. SEMBL is an ad-supported game but you can pay once to banish them forever. iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchase to Remove Ads

Sembl
Developer: Artgig Studio
Price: Free+

Safari School
by IntellectoKids

With Safari School, children practice their counting, sorting and color skills by loading the empty train carts with colorful fruits and vegetables to feed the elephant at a nearby zoo. Along the way, children encounter interactive surprises – including flowers that burst into full spring splendor, and beehives that unleash a whirl and buzz of bubble bees. iPhone and iPad Google Play and Amazon $1.99

Newsworthy

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their screen time guidelines to reflect the fact that not all screen time is the same, and to provide guidance on beneficial uses of screens.

HapiPapi provides their take on the evolution of educational apps  as they near the launch of the ‘create your own apps’ platform.

Advocacy Groups Urge Crackdown on Influence Marketing Aimed at Children. YouTube videos walk a fine line between content and advertising.

The educational edition of Minecraft has launched.

About App Friday

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App Friday October 28th, 2016

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Get Camping With Grandpa along with its Fall update free this Saturday. Edoki Studios has updated several of its excellent apps for Halloween letting kids create animations, digitally fingerpaint, or learn shapes. Plus, practice with the Halloween themed Spooky Letters, and send even more Halloween stickers with themed packs courtesy of MojiLala.

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Camping With Grandpa
by Fairlady Media

All new update just in time for Fall and Halloween! Hey, campers! Who wants to roast a marshmallow and eat a s’more? Grab a stick and join Grandpa on a hiking and camping adventure you’ll never forget! Choose a trail, read a compass, spot some wildlife, identify animal tracks, earn wilderness patches, play tent games, and watch videos about real-life outdoor experiences. Don’t forget to douse the campfire before you leave! Designed for ages 6-8. iPhone and iPad: Free October 29th (Regularly 2.99) (Video)

Camping With Grandpa
Developer: Fairlady Media
Price: $2.99

Easy Studio – Halloween version
by Edoki Academy

Do you want to make fun stop-motion movies in a few taps? Easy Studio offers endless hours of fun creation for the whole family with amazing results each time. With this app, draw, animate and share your own cartoons!  Specially designed to be easy to use, everyone will love to create fun objects using geometric shapes and animate them to bring them to life. Now you can also add a soundtrack to your masterpiece!  Ages: 6 and up.  Available in 16 languages. iPad: 3.99 (Video)

Zen studio – Fingerpainting to relax & focus
by Edoki Academy

Our Zen lion became a Zen vampire for Halloween! Zen studio is a unique soothing geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus. It may be the simplest painting app ever published! Tap once for a new canvas, tap again to pick a color, and then draw with your finger. What’s more, a calm, soothing music algorithm accompanies every swipe of a finger making it a very zen experience!  Zen studio offers a wonderful initiation to geometry, triangles and symmetry for children from the age of 3.  Parents & teachers will love the printable handbook! iPhone and iPad: Free + In-App Purchases (Video)

Busy Shapes
by Edoki Academy

Young kids’ favorite game just got “revamped” for Halloween. Play Busy Shapes with vampire and pumpkin shapes and watch out for the spider’s web! Happy  Halloween! iPhone and iPad: 2.99 (Video)

Busy Shapes
Developer: EDOKI ACADEMY
Price: $2.99

Spooky Letters
by MadeByEducators

Spooky Letters allows your child to practice letter forming in both cursive (joined up) and pre-cursive format. Letters are sounded out phonetically to allow your child to develop skills of breaking down words particularly useful for children with Dyslexia. Completion of capital letters reveals a simple phonics based spelling game. Completion of either style of lower case letters is rewarded by a puzzle which reveals the Spooky character in the box. iPhone and iPad: 2.99

Spooky Letters
Developer: madebyeducators
Price: $2.99

More Halloween Sticker Packs
by MojiLala

Looking for even more iMessage stickers for Halloween? Try these from MojiLala

Joemoji: Halloween stickers by Joseph

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App Friday October 21st, 2016

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Halloween is but two weeks, there’s a chill in the air, and it’s time for some spooky fun. Make monsters with Monster Mingle, play with puzzles in Wee Halloween Puzzles, and create the perfect pumpkin face with Spooky Lab Pumpkin carving. For the older kids we have a classic Jules Verne story brought to digital with Frritt-Flacc. Plus, the popular Read becomes Read4Kids, gets a great update and goes free this Friday. Also, we’re now on Instagram!

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Read4Kids – Kids Learn To Read In 20 Easy Lessons
by Olivier Romanetti

Updated with new activities, games and 500 images. Read is a 20-lesson program designed to help kindergarten and elementary school age children (4–8 age range) acquire reading skills in a fun and progressive way. Read draws on two of the most popular methods currently in use for teaching to read in English: the phonics method and the whole language method. Most education experts now agree that a combination of both is the key to successful learning. Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free Friday (Regularly 2.99)

Spooky Lab – Pumpkin Carving
by Kidloom

Spooky Lab is a creative game where kids can carve Halloween pumpkins, discovering thousands of different combinations (exchanging shape, face expression, colour and decorations). The photograph feature allows to save and show the designs to friends and family. Inside the pumpkins, they will find amazing mini-games designed both to learn and to have lots of fun. Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 – Google Play: 2.99

Frritt-Flacc, By Jules Verne
by StoryMax

Do you imagine Biology can bring reflection on social inequality and poverty? Frritt-Flacc by Jules Verne tells a classic story just to start a conversation about the 1st. Sustainable Development Goal, by UN: no poverty. In Frritt-Flacc, the reader can set the rain’s direction, make volcanoes go active and to restore life to a dying man. In addition to deep reading, the activities are designed by experienced educators and scientists. The app is available to tablets and smartphones iOS and Android. Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free – Google Play: Free

Monster Mingle
by Cowly Owl Ltd

Big Halloween update! Build your own friendly monster! Choose different body parts to help explore the world and uncover each unique island. Discover fun creatures, musical scenery and hidden surprises as your monster plays in this magical kingdom. Universal (iPhone/iPad): 3.99

Monster Mingle
Developer: Cowly Owl Ltd
Price: $3.99

Wee Halloween Puzzles
by Wee Taps

Spooktacularly fun puzzles for toddlers! Keep your kids entertained with these free Monster themed drag & drop puzzles. Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free

Wee Monster Puzzles
Developer: Wee Taps
Price: Free

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App Friday October 14th, 2016

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Doodle your own iMessage stickers with Sticker Doodle Machine, learn the value of money as a penguin with Penguin Cold Cash, and learn spelling with a ghost, mummy and zombie in Trilo Spelling. Plus, Halloween themed stickers, StoryToys brings Amplify educational games to the app store, Toca Boca gets into video, and the golden age of non-fiction picture books. 

Brought to you by Garry Froehlich of Jellybean Tunes

Sticker Doodle Machine
by appikiko LLC

Doodle your own iMessage stickers! Classic or animated. Yes, really, you can make a simple animated sticker right on your iPhone or iPad. The Sticker Doodle Machine app utilizes the same beautiful digital ink from the “doodles!” family of apps, which means your doodles will always look great! Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99

Sticker Doodle Machine
Developer: appikiko LLC
Price: $1.99

Penguin Cold Cash
by EdVenture Software

Learn the value of money as a penguin! Surf through icebergs to identify coins and bills, shoot on a hockey goalie when making change, and catch fish while counting money. Through multiple skill levels and six engaging events, players work with realistic money ranging from a penny to a hundred dollar bill. Other skills and events include comparing dollar amounts on a treadmill, figuring money equivalents while belly sledding, and using the fewest coins and bills while tubing behind a whale. There is also an activity in which players identify the reverse side of the 50 State Quarters. Universal (iPhone/iPad): 1.99 – Google Play: 1.99 – Amazon App Store: 1.99

Penguin Cold Cash
Developer: John Crandall
Price: $0.99

Trilo Spelling
by Trilo Interactive AB

**Winner of the Children’s Tech Review Editor’s Choice Award (4.5/5 Stars)** Trilo Spelling is an educational and adventurous phonics based spelling game for kids grades K-2. Follow the friendly ghost Spooka, the one-eyed mummy Sling and the funny zombie Frank through multiple spelling levels in the enchanting Trilo World while collecting puzzle pieces for hours of fun and learning. Universal (iPhone/iPad): 4.99 – App Store Lite Version: Free – Google Play: 4.99 – Google Play Lite Version: Free

Trilo Spelling
Price: $4.99

Jack-O-Moji
by Ben Lew

New iMessage Sticker app with pumpkin emoji & Jack-o-lantern maker stickers! iMessage (iPhone/iPad): Free

Jack-o-moji
Developer: Ben Lew
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About App Friday

Did you know that App Friday started way back in 2010? Learn all about App Friday, and how YOU can participate, on the App Friday Info Page. We can’t wait to connect with you!

The Story of App Friday

Recently I’ve been approached with questions about the origins and history of the App Friday program. For those who are involved or interested in apps for kids, here are some details.

App Friday is a grassroots marketing program that started on here at Moms With Apps.

We were a group of parents who created apps. We thought Apple’s App Store would magically connect us with customers as soon as our first app went live on iTunes. We thought we would reach people all over the world through a single, perfectly manicured thumbnail icon. But that wasn’t often the case, so we needed to rethink the situation: how could single digit downloads for our apps increase to double, triple and quadruple digit downloads?

The idea was to collectively generate awareness by featuring an app every week along with a link exchange for cross-marketing. By putting our focus into one community-oriented blog post, we hoped to establish a network effect and thereby market our app.

As Editor and administrator of the blog, I launched the first experiment on March 18, 2010. I packed my app, “My Little Suitcase”, into the guinea pig box and set it free for a day to draw attention to the post. At the same time, all around the world, we exclaimed “App Friday!” to our social media networks. I added a link exchange by Simply Linked so other app makers could post about their apps. Everyone who posted a link, also spread the word about the freebie, and about App Friday. The posts continued weekly for several years, featuring hundreds of apps on the blog.

Facebook Pages were peaking in popularity around the same time App Friday was taking off. George Karavias, a fellow app maker from Greece, pitched in to set up and lead the Facebook page. We started hosting live events on the Facebook page called Download Parties. Developers, parents, teachers and reviewers lined up to hear about app news and deals, while gobbling up promo codes for apps. These virtual events were actively attended, and after a party, the concentrated number of downloads propelled an app’s ranking up the iTunes chart.

But the free app aspect of the program was always controversial. Some believed going free was worthwhile to generate awareness and word of mouth, sort of like a loss-leader advertising program. Others believed going free devalued their apps. There was certainly a trade-off to the strategy, and valid views on both sides. I dove into the topic at the MamaBear Tech Conference in 2013, elaborating on app store optimization trends around free promotions.

Meanwhile, the number of developers participating in App Friday increased. We could no longer fit everyone on a single blog post. Anahelena Natera of Zen Labs Apps suggested a grid layout to more evenly display the apps, and over time with the help of George Karavias and Marcel Widarto, a dedicated website and database was built to host an “App Friday Download Center”.

George and Marcel became pillars of this program, with ideas, camaraderie and technical leadership to build out the site. George even programmed an iOS app for App Friday, showcasing the weekly promotions on mobile, together with video previews for each app (very slick!). Our challenge was how to sustain energy for a time-consuming volunteer effort, while app marketplaces and social media were changing. Facebook Pages lost their organic reach, and the Page structure was no longer conducive to hosting live events. But we kept trying, and enlisted the help of wonderful technical and design contacts (thank you Giorgos and Dimitra) to improve and maintain the program.

Meanwhile, Garry Froehlich of Jellybean Tunes was publishing the App Report. This was a weekly post he started on the blog at Moms With Apps and then grew into syndication. He understood the linkages between the weekly marketing efforts, and advised and supported App Friday wherever possible.

Julie Brannon of TELP Media has been a cornerstone of the app marketing industry for #edtech, and graciously works with Garry every week to support App Friday on social media. Under Julie’s leadership, the three of us co-hosted the first App Friday Twitter party for Back to School this past August. It was a blast to see a live audience of app enthusiasts converge once again.

Our communal #appfriday shout-out continues to ride the rails of social media, advocating for independently made and awesome educational apps. With this collaborative style of marketing, we realize it’s more helpful to support fellow app makers than to compete against each other. Since every learning objective can be reinforced in different ways, there is no “perfect” educational app. Instead, all apps work together to teach subjects like language, math, science and even music.

So next time you see or hear about App Friday, I’d love it if you could just take a moment… Do you have an app on the store? Do you know of a newly released app that you like and respect? Are you curious about new, family-friendly apps? If so, consider channeling your enthusiasm and encouragement through your networks to #appfriday, and then subscribe to the email newsletter. App Friday has been around for many years, and we hope it sticks around for many more.

Extra special thanks to George Karavias, Marcel Widarto, Garry Froehlich, and Julie Brannon for supporting the cause, through thick and thin.

@LorraineAkemann